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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    CMS superintendent Heath Morrison greeted students from Providence high school at their bus stop this morning on the first day of school. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    CMS superintendent Heath Morrison tell students to have a good day, as they board the school bus this morning on the first day of school. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    CMS superintendent Heath Morrison tell students to have a good day, as they board the school bus this morning on the first day of school. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    The hallways of Allenbrook Elementary are busy on Monday, August 26, 2013 as Michael Strong escorts his son, Donovan Strong, 7 yrs., to the cafeteria for a quick breakfast prior to going to his first grade classroom. Project LIFT encourages dads and male mentors to walk kids into school to show their support and involvement. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (Left-Right) Anthony Gardner captures the moments of his daughter, Rihanna Gardner's first day at Allenbrook Elementary on Monday, August 26, 2013. Rihanna is in kindergarten. Project LIFT encourages dads and male mentors to walk kids into school to show their support and involvement. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (Center) Jamison Smith checks to see who is taller, (left) his nephew, Isaiah Crawford or (right) his son, Amare Smith at Allenbrook Elementary on Monday, August 26, 2013. Project LIFT encourages dads and male mentors to walk kids into school to show their support and involvement. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) Michael Strong escorts his son, Donovan, 7 yrs., to his first grade classroom with his wife, Eboney and daughter Wendy while other Allenbrook Elementary children say goodbye to their loved ones prior to the start of school on Monday, August 26, 2013. Project LIFT encourages dads and male mentors to walk kids into school to show their support and involvement. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    CMS superintendent Heath Morrison walked with students on their way to McKee Road elementary school. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    CMS superintendent Heath Morrison walked with parents and students on their way to McKee Road elementary school. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
    CMS superintendent Heath Morrison is greeted by McKee Road elementary school principal Beverly Newsome this morning on the first day of school. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison talks with Grand Oak Elementary Principal Ray Giovanelli prior to a tour of the brand-new school, on the first day of school, on August 26, 2013. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools North Area Superintendent Dawn Robinson (left) takes a photo of CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison (center) with Media and Technology Facilitator Jennifer Brinn, as Grand Oak Elementary Principal Ray Giovanelli (right) looks on, during a tour of the brand-new school, on the first day of school, on August 26, 2013. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison talks with Elizabeth Carpenter's class as they eat lunch in the cafeteria of Grand Oak Elementary during a tour of the brand-new school, on the first day of school, on August 26, 2013. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison talks with cafeteria staff of Grand Oak Elementary School during a tour of the brand-new school, on the first day of school, on August 26, 2013. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison (center) talks with custodians Maurice Tyson (left) and Pamela Ross at Grand Oak Elementary School during a tour of the brand-new school, on the first day of school, on August 26, 2013. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison greets students of Grand Oak Elementary School in a hallway during a tour of the brand-new school, on the first day of school, on August 26, 2013. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison (left) talks with CMS Board Member Ericka Ellis-Stewart (far left) as students of Grand Oak Elementary School walk through a hallway during a tour of the brand-new school, on the first day of school, on August 26, 2013. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison (right) smiles as he and CMS Board Member Ericka Ellis-Stewart exit a classroom at Grand Oak Elementary School during a tour of the brand-new school, on the first day of school, on August 26, 2013. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board Member Ericka Ellis-Stewart (left), CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison (center), and North Area Superintendent Dawn Robinson listen to Grand Oak Elementary School Principal Ray Giovanelli talk during a tour of the brand-new school, on the first day of school, on August 26, 2013. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    First grade teacher Sally Vincent smiles as she leads her class down a hallway at the brand-new Grand Oak Elementary School during the first day of school on August 26, 2013. The class was looking up and smiling at photographer working above them. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    A carpet with the motto of the brand-new Grand Oak Elementary School at the entranceway during the first day of school on August 26, 2013. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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